Volunteering and work experience
Gaining experience working with children will help you find a job or start a qualification. Here are some
- Contact local childcare centres and clubs and ask about voluntary or part time roles. This could include
sports and activity clubs.
- Visit the volunteering pages of organisations like
Scouts Scotland and
Duke of Edinburgh
- If you have a friend or relative who works in childcare arrange to speak with them about their job and
ask about ways to gain experience locally.
careers booklet has more advice and links to a number of volunteering organisations.
Qualifications are required for most childcare roles and can help you progress in your career over time.
The four pathways are flexible and you can choose whatever type of learning suits you best.
Once you’ve closed this window you can explore the table which shows the main qualifications which meet
SSSC registration requirements in Scotland. If you want to find out about the other qualifications we
accept, including older versions of qualifications, you can visit our main website at www.sssc.uk.com
If you aren’t sure if we accept your qualification you can contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 0345 60 30 891.
Before you explore the qualifications table here are some helpful tips about the four qualification pathways.
Starting as an
Rates of pay and entry criteria will differ, and some vacancies may specify an age limit (but apprenticeships
should be available for people of all ages). Make sure you look around to see if there is an opportunity
The main website for Modern Apprenticeship vacancies is
apprenticeship.scot however they are also advertised in other places like
Remember, as an apprentice you should expect to take part in training and be supervised by experienced
Starting in the
As well as gaining experience through volunteering you can use the useful resources in this website like
A Question of Care to help you prepare for job interviews.
Job sites include
Once you are in a job and feeling confident in your skills you can apply for an SVQ. Your employer will
support you to do this.
Getting experience, for example by volunteering, will help you secure a place on your chosen course. Remember
if you don’t meet the entry requirements you should still speak to the college because they may offer
you a different entry route.
Colleges offer a range of other qualifications to support professional development and help you move into
related careers, for example the HNC/HND Additional Support Needs. You can also study up to degree level,
see the PDA Childhood Practice at SCQF level 9.
University graduates are welcomed in childcare careers and have many transferrable skills. However you
still need a professional childcare qualification like an SVQ or HNC. The good thing is that knowledge
gained at university can help with this, for example psychology graduates will be able to use their knowledge
of child development. In fact graduates from all disciplines will bring skills for example in art, language,
math and sport.
Childhood practice awards are available at university. We have included the BA Childhood Practice degree
in the qualifications table but there are others available including post graduate qualifications, for
example Master of Education (MEd) in Childhood Practice. If you want to use your childhood practice degree
to meet SSSC registration requirements you must make sure it is one we accept. Confirm this with the
university or contact SSSC to make sure.